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May 23, 2007: Smart Experience launches

Victor Lombardi recently launched his new company, Smart Experience (in beta at the moment). The blurb from the main page:

Smart Experience offers Internet, mobile, and software classes, with more interesting topics, more experienced teachers, and sessions that are as fun as they are educational. Smart Experience is a place where you can tell us what classes you want to take, and what classes you want to teach.

I really like what Victor is doing. Obviously, his main goal is to supply UX education to practitioners in the New York City area. But Victor is really in the business of building an intelligent, innovative infrastructure that:

  • Enables the market to profile its own educational needs
  • Enables teachers to try out concepts before committing to teaching them
  • Provides a calendar for publicizing courses
  • Markets courses locally
  • Negotiates and provides local teaching venues
  • Provides a legal infrastructure to resolve intellectual property issues around teaching materials
  • Provides a business model to collect payments and rationally share risks and rewards between Smart Experience and teachers

Smart Experience is essentially a broker of dialogues between teachers and learners at different levels, starting with sharing thoughts on rough topics, and ending with an actual course (with students, a teacher, course materials, and a venue).

Victor, whether he realizes is or not, is now officially an infrastructuralist... Best wishes, Victor; I'm really looking forward to watching Smart Experience grow!

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Comment: Chris Pallé (May 23, 2007)

This seems like a fantastic opportunity for NYC design folks to come together and makes friends, develop our careers, and contribute to this burgeoning field. Awesome stuff.
I recently began hoofin' it into the NYC market for the first time and this venture encourages me even more because one of my top values is to give back to this community from which I have learned so much. Thanks for the link.

Comment: Anders (Jun 5, 2007)

I really think Victor is on to something here. I remember being at a BarCamp event recently, where a professor at a university spoke about how she struggles with incompatibility between how course curricula can take six months or more to slowly make its way through the bureaucratic maze of academia and the rapid pace of change of the subject matter to be taught, in her case web design - she said, she 'hacked' the system by knowingly presenting a fake curriculum to the various boards and departments, and ended up teaching something that was developed weeks or days before the course began, and would even need to be updated during the course. The Smart Experience Model allows for this form of agility, and it also removed a lot of barriers that exist in traditional academia, such as only being able to start a new course during limited periods of the year, or having to go through an elaborate application process. Of course, this is not to say that traditional academia doesn't have a role to play, just that cutting-edge thinking about the rapidly changing world of the web may not be part of it.

P.s I should probably disclose that I may be teaching a course at Smart Experience.

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